October 10th, 2012
03:30 PM ET
10 years ago

CNN Exclusive: How Ryan sharpens debate skills

(CNN) - As Rep. Paul Ryan prepares for his first and only showdown with Vice President Joe Biden, the GOP vice presidential nominee tells CNN in an exclusive interview that he knows what it takes to meticulously prepare for a big event.

A proud and experienced hunter, the Wisconsin congressman is used to going to great lengths to sharpen his game.

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"I like the strategy of bow hunting and it takes a lot of preparation, and I do take it seriously because I am much more successful if I do things properly and prepare the right way," he told CNN recently while on the campaign trail in Memphis.

With that same mind set, Ryan has been drilling down, getting ready for the debate pretty much since the day he was tapped to be Mitt Romney's running mate.

"I've always just believed that if you're going to do something, do it well," Ryan told CNN..

But while he's been honing his skills, Ryan is also raising the bar for his opponent, pointing to Biden's lengthy experience on the debate stage.

"Joe Biden has been doing this for a long time. He ran for president twice, he's a sitting vice president. He's been on this big stage many times before so this is new for me," he said.

Ryan said he's been doing his homework and "studying the issues," but anticipates Biden will go on the attack.

"The problem he has is, he has Barack Obama's record he has to run on," he said.

But in the end, the Catholic deer hunter from Wisconsin said he's more pumped up than anything. "I'm not intimidated; I'm actually excited about it."

Ryan sources insist that of the four candidates participating in these high profile debates, Ryan has the toughest job.


Not only is he defending his own record over the years, he has to make sure what he says mirrors the positions of the guy at the top of the ticket, Mitt Romney.

That's not as hard for Biden, since he's been part of the Obama administration for four years.

Still, Ryan is quick to remind that he does have experience debating. After all, he is a seven-term member of the House of Representatives.

- Watch more of the interview with Paul Ryan at 4 p.m. ET on CNN's "The Situation Room."

Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Paul Ryan • Presidential Debates
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Boo

    This video is something I should admire? Some guy killing an animal for sport? I THINK NOT!

    October 10, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Why does he have to prepare at all?

    Breass tacks: Mittens just proved last week that you can get up on stage and just make it up out of whole cloth as you go along, tell demonstrable lies and change positions for the very first time compared to the positions you've stated all along during the campaign...and the MSM and the idiot American populace will hand you the "win"...and then pathologically deny factchecking that shows you were lying...so long as you do it all more loudly and with more pinache than the other guy who was telling the truth.

    October 10, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. Morning1Su

    Biden, may our Lord be on your side. Fight for the people that need you who are suffering. Fight for all who cannot fight for themselves Go with God.

    October 10, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "This video is something I should admire? Some guy killing an animal for sport? I THINK NOT!"

    You're supposed to imagine that the deer is a minority voter.

    October 10, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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